this day in crime history: may 20, 1899

Nobody Move!


On this date in 1899, taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for speeding in New York City. German was operating his electric car at the breakneck pace of twelve miles per hour, four miles per hour over the speed limit. German is believed to be the first person cited for speeding in the United States.

Further reading:

The First Speeding Infraction in the U.S. was Committed by a New York City Taxi Driver in an Electric Car on May 20, 1899

US’ First-Ever Speeding Infraction Issued to Electric Vehicle in 1899

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